Parking and travel

Parking payments

Derbyshire Dales District Council has partnered with PayByPhone so you can now use a text payment service when paying for car parking in the public car parks managed by us. Each car park has its own unique 6 digit reference number which can be found on the side of the payment machine and/or on the App. Cash payments are also available at all of our machines. In some rural areas (such as Hartington and Baslow), the signal strength can be poor, so we would recommend you download the PayByPhone App at home (or where you have Wi-Fi available), follow the instructions to register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle, before driving to the car park of your choice. Making the payment on the App uses a lot less signal strength so payments should process smoothly. If you do not have a smartphone, you can call PayByPhone on 030 400 7275 and register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle details and these will be saved for any parking sessions you would like to activate in the future.

Car Parks locations

Short break and weekly car parking

Car park charges

Coach parking

Blue Badge parking

EV charging points

Motorcycle parking

Public Transport

The Derbyshire Dales, situated right at the heart of England, has excellent transport links by road, rail, coach or air.


DerbyMatlock line (stations at Cromford, Matlock Bath and Matlock)

SheffieldManchester line passing through the Hope Valley (stations at Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope and Edale)

ManchesterBuxton line then by Transpeak bus into the Dales.

Visit The Trainline website for rail services and timetables.

National Express coaches

The main service for the area is the 440 between London and Manchester, which follows the A6 through the Derbyshire Dales stopping at Matlock, Matlock Bath, Bakewell and Buxton.

Visit the National Express website for timetables and bookings.

Local buses

There are frequent links from the neighbouring towns and cities into the Derbyshire Dales. The best source of advice is the Traveline website.


A half hourly bus service runs from Manchester Airport to Buxton, from where buses run to many of the towns and villages in the Derbyshire Dales. East Midlands Airport is also convenient - buses run from the airport into Derby city, from where a train or bus can be caught into the Derbyshire Dales.

Car hire is available from both airports.

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